This woman cyclist’s breakaway surpassed a men’s race with a 10-minute head start.
27-year-old Swiss pro cyclist Nicole Hanselmann biked so fast during a women’s cycling race in Belgium that she caught up to the men’s race.
Race officials were reportedly unprepared for a solo breakaway and ultimately stopped Hanselmann and paused the women’s race to create a bigger time gap between the men’s and women’s races. Hanselmann lost her lead after being stopped mid-race, finishing in 74th place.
The former national road champion of Switzerland says she was satisfied with her race overall, but wishes she could have continued with her lead.
“We came too close to the men’s so we had to get a neutral time gap again, so it was a bit sad for me because I was in a good mood and when the bunch sees you stopping, they just get a new motivation to catch you,” she said to CyclingNews.
Hanselmann later shared her proud moment on Instagram, stating, “Today was the first spring classic in Belgium. I attacked after 7km, and was alone in the break for around 30km… but then [an] awkward moment happened and I almost saw the back of the men’s peloton…May the other women and me were too fast or the men to slow. After the neutralization, I was caught up again and finished the race on the 74th place.”